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article imageNFL: Ravens lack of production boost Steelers to victory

By Kristofor Molson     Jan 16, 2011 in Sports
Pittsburgh - Baltimore Ravens jumped out on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the same fashion they jumped out on New England Patriots last year to make it look like a blowout was at hand.
We know better than that, with Terrell Suggs calling the game “Armageddon” or “World War III” so it had to be a battle. The Ravens handed the New England Patriots a surprise beating on January 10, 2010, but could not finish against the Steelers.
The Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) scored first after the Baltimore Ravens received the ball but was forced to punt by the tough Steelers D. The Steelers then marched down the field to finish with a Rashard Mendenhall (20 car, 46 yds, 2 TD’s) touchdown to put the Steelers up seven to zero. The Steelers scoring drive took up 6:04 with 10 plays for 80 yards from their own 20 yard line with Billy Cundiff doing what he does best and that is kick touchbacks.
The Raven (12-4) got the ensuing kickoff to embark on a scoring drive of their own with 6:18 left in the first quarter. The Ravens started on their own 32 yard line to go 68 yards in 10 plays, with most of the Ravens moving down the field was on Joe Flacco’s (16/30 125 yds, 1TD, 1 INT) arm going thru the air. The surprise came at the end when the Ravens ran a draw play with Ray Rice ( 64 all-purpose yards, 1 TD) to tie the game up.
The game then took a crazy turn in the Ravens favor, when Ben Roethlisberger (19/32, 226 yds, 2 TD’s) dropped back to pass and got hit by Terrelle Suggs (5 tac, 3 sacks, 1FF) and fumbled to have both teams stop in the middle of the play. Alert defensive linemen Redding ran over to the ball and picked it up to run into the end zone from 13 yards out to help the Raven jump up 14 – 7.
The second quarter began with both teams punting the ball back and forth until the Ravens got the ball with 8:45 left in the half and marched down the field to score another touchdown with 5:22 left in the half. During the 8:45 drive, Joe Flacco hit Todd Heap for a four yard touchdown to take the Ravens into the halftime with a 21 – 7 lead. The Steelers got into field goal range but Shaun Suisham missed it from 43 yard out.
After halftime the Steelers and Ravens both punted, but with 10:04 left in the half the Steelers got their shoot with Flacco passing to Ray Rice only to have Steelers safety Ryan Clark knock the ball loose for Lamar Woodley of the Steelers recover it to put them on the Baltimore 23. The Steelers then struck quick with a pass from Roethlisberger to Miller to put the Steelers down by seven. The Steelers defense along with the lack of production by the Ravens kept the Ravens scoreless in the third quarter while the Steelers scored again to end the third quarter with the game tied at 21.
The fourth quarter was filled with field goals by both teams and defense, until the game was broke open with Roethlisberger connecting on a 58-yard pass to rookie Antonio Brown with less than two minutes left in the game. That connection set up a 2 yard Mendenhall rush for a touchdown to kill the dreams of the Ravens advancing and finally beating the Steelers in the playoffs. The Ravens has a last chance to extend the game but the pass from Flacco to Houshmandzadeh was dropped. The Steelers kneel twice to seal the game and advance to the next round of the NFL playoffs.
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